How Do You Maintain a Roof?

An Inspector Makes an Estimate in a Roof Inspection

Most Families Wait Till an Emergency to Schedule Inspections, But Smart Homeowners Plan Ahead.

How you ever struggled with effectively caring for your roof? Not many homeowners understand what all that entails.  Effective craftsmanship and attention to detail are two essential skills that take professional roofers years to master, so you shouldn’t feel frustrated if you don’t automatically know what to do.

How do you maintain a roof in the long run? The most important thing is consistent care, which includes the occasional roof inspection and post-storm repairs. Today, we’ll be talking about the former.

What is a Roof Inspection?

Inspections have a bad reputation. For many, a roof inspection is simply a prelude to exorbitantly expensive repairs. That’s because most homeowners don’t realize how these rooftop examinations are meant to be used.Too many people wait until after a severe storm or extreme age has left their roof in tattered disarray. At that point, a professional inspection will only reveal what you knew in the first place: your roof needs major repairs or even complete replacement.

Roof inspections have a three part process.

  • First: a knowledgeable professional examines the roof to assess its overall health.
  • Second: the expert then outlines any areas of degradation or trauma that could cost you in the future.
  • Third: your roofer then provides you with a plan of action, listing out your most cost-effective options.

In summary, your quality Georgia roof inspection should assess the health of your roofing system, provide you with advanced warning about would-be problematic areas, then give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

Why Get a Roof Inspection?

Shingles Ripped Off by Heavy Wind

Uplifted Shingles are Vulnerable to Wind & Water Leaks.

A better question to start with would be: “What happens if I never schedule a roof inspection?” We’ll use a hypothetical, but realistic example to answer.

Mr. Williams owns a lovely three bedroom, two bathroom home with a 3-tab shingle roofing system. The roof is brand new, so he decides to put off inspections for the first three years. Before he knows it, five years has passed by. One day, a particularly aggressive thunderstorm passes over his community, unleashing heavy rains and severe winds. He notices some water dripping out of the ceiling, so he puts down buckets and decides to examine his roof the next day.

To Mr. Williams’ dismay, entire patches of shingles had ripped off in the night before. A cursory roof inspection for leaks from a local service informs him of what he’s already realized: his roof has significant storm trauma. It appears (some time ago) raccoons loosened a few shingles to nest in the attic, and these uplifted shingles were easily ripped off by the wind. Now Mr. Williams faces significant roof repairs, potential mold growth in the attic, and even some insulation replacement.

While this particular scenario is made up, this all-too-real story shows the consequences of putting off your roof inspection for too long. These expensive repairs and mold growth were made possible by preexisting damage which could easily have been mended at low cost to the owner. Without the regular checkup to reveal the rooftop degradation, the homeowner was not aware of the potential dangers to his home, nor could he make a plan to prevent the damage.

How Often Should Roofs Be Inspected?

While it’s prudent to schedule a checkup for your roof after major hail and thunderstorms, you really only need to have your roof inspected every one to two yearsHow do professionals come to these figures? These numbers are based on the number of hazards could potentially harm your roofing system and the likelihood that at least one of them will affect your home during a given period. Because more durable systems (such as corrugated metal roofing) have fewer threats capable of damaging them, you the interval is increased to every three to five years.

What a Roof Inspection Entails

A Roofer Makes Small Adjustments to Gutters

A Thorough Assessment Gauges the Health of Your Entire Roofing System, Not Just the Top.

Examining your shingles (or tile, slate, etc.) for damage is just one part of a professional roof checkup. Your roof inspection checklist should include all of the following:

  • Rooftop Assessment
  • Soffit and Vents Analysis
  • Fascia Board Look-Over
  • Attic Examination
  • Gutter System Check
  • Moisture and Leak Checks

Any experienced roofer that knows how to conduct a roof inspection will take a whole health approach for your roofing system. Proper water leak detection in Georgia is just as essential as getting your shingles examined. If your roofer is only looking at the surface of your rooftop, they could be missing important details of your roof’s condition.

Common Problems Prevented by Inspections

Deteriorated shingles aren’t always easy to spot at ground level. Hail and wind damage is often more subtle than many homeowners realize. Even small pock marks could indicate a potential leak beneath the surface. Managing this degradation is important for protecting your rooftop and your attic. Otherwise, you might start to see wood rot and ruined insulation in the attic, or even ceiling stains.

Seemingly minor elements (gutters, fascia boards, soffit, and vents) also play a huge role in your home’s protection and energy efficiency. In time, broken gutters can lead to catastrophic foundation damage. Degraded fascia boards will neither support your gutters, nor keep pests out of the attic. Without your soffit and vents regulating the buildup of heat in your attic, your energy bill will shoot through the roof (pun intended).

When Should I Replace My Roof?

A Closeup of New Roof Shingles

Inspections Help Protect You From Unexpected Repair Costs.

Most shingle roofs are rated for twenty years, though some enhanced shingles can last beyond twenty-five. While some roofs age out of use, millions of homeowners have their system replaced as a result of wind or hail damage. Professionals generally advise that you maintain your existing roof until repairs are no longer cost-effective. That could be fifteen years after installation, or twenty-five depending on materials and your roof’s condition. A certified roofing expert will be able to let you know when roof replacement is your most viable option.

Schedule Your Georgia Roof Inspection Today!

Armed with all this information, you’ll know how to take advantage of your next roof inspection in Georgia! If you’d like to get started with your seasonal roofing checkup, talk with one of our friendly local experts at 478-785-2285!